What are you doing as a SOLS student?
I've been a member of the American Medical Student Association for a couple years. It offers information for pre-med students, and is a great place to meet like-minded people who share your same goals. I am also an Obama Scholar Mentor. Basically, each mentor is paired up with a freshman in the program and serves as a point of contact for students.
Have you explored your field beyond the classroom?
Of course! Right now I volunteer in the Child Language and Literacy Lab on campus which deals with Speech and Hearing Science. This lab focuses on early literacy development, assessment, and treatment of language disorders in preschool and school age children. I am about to explore a new project which deals with the specific executive function processes in developmental disorders such as Asperger’s Syndrome.
Last year I was a part of an internship through ASU with Scottsdale Healthcare. This allowed me to get first-hand experience in the Emergency Room. Each shift was 12 hours and it really reaffirmed my future aspirations.
I was also blessed with the opportunity to work as a SOLS Mentor in LIA 194. This program allowed me to mentor a group of incoming freshmen in a classroom setting. Without a doubt, this was the best experience I have ever had an ASU.
What are some of your proudest moments as a SOLS student?
One of my proudest moments stems from my involvement as a SOLS mentor in LIA194. Being able to be a part of a program that allowed me to impact my students in such a profound way was really inspiring. There was one student in particular who had some trouble breaking out of her shell until mid-way through the semester. After we spent a few hours talking, she came to class the next day and started to participate more than anybody else in the class. I couldn't believe my eyes! It was a great feeling knowing I was able to make her feel more comfortable with her peers.
Do you have any advice for incoming freshmen?
I think one of the most important things is realizing that ASU offers all kinds of academic support, whether it is the Chem LRC, math tutoring center, supplemental instruction, etc. I've met a lot of people with the mentality that 'only dumb people get tutoring' but it really has the potential to be the difference between an A and a B. It's easy to feel overwhelmed so don't be afraid to seek help when you need it! This includes going to your professor's office hours (they aren't as scary as you might think!). You'll be glad you did.